Freda Yoshiko White passed away on Nov. 20, 2018 at the age of 77. Born in Vancouver in 1941, her family was relocated to Williams Lake in 1942 where she completed the majority of her education.
Following the completion of a business course in Vernon, she moved to New Zealand with her first husband Ken Marko, spending 13 years there working and raising her two children; Melanie and Kevin.
Returning to Canada in 1977, the family lived in Vernon, then moved to Kamloops in 1989. She was predeceased by Ken in 1983 and remarried in 1992 to William (Bill) White. Through her working life she held various roles, the last of which was as a Care Aide in Kamloops. In her retirement years she and Bill travelled extensively and enjoyed many lovely warm winters in Arizona. She was a long-time member of the Kamloops United Church and Kamloops Japanese Canadian Association having volunteered many hours with these groups and others abroad.
She is survived by her husband William, daughter Melanie (Gerry), son Kevin (Nena), grandchildren Tane and Shenoa. Also survived by her step-children; Lonnie (Vic), Gant, Tara (Joe), and Rebecca (Paul), step-grandchildren Ryan, Sarah, Sam, Ashley and Izaiah, brothers Ed (Midori), Dick (Dini) and Roy (Eleanor), and numerous nieces and nephews.
Celebration of her life will be held at Kamloops United Church on Sat, Dec 1.at 2p.m. In Lieu of flowers, donations could be made to the Marjorie Willoughby Hospice House
Our condolences to Melanie, Gerry, Tane and Shenoa. Freda will be remembered as a warm-hearted, cheerful, pleasant and great person. She was almost like a second grandma for Hera. We are so pleased to have gotten to know her and her dear family.
I'm so sorry to hear this, Freda was such a great lady. My condolences to Bill, Melanie, Gerry, Tane and Shenoa and the rest of the family.
We were saddened to learn of Freda's passing. Our heartfelt sympathies are extended to Bill and family at this difficult time.